How to Warm Up Modern Style

Modern style is sleek and streamlined, but it can be warm and inviting, too! Use these tips from designer Bridgid Coulter to make modern style comfortable and livable.

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Modern style often has a reputation for being cold and stark. Sharp lines are the norm, with plenty of leggy furniture you can see under. If you like the look of modern but still want a cozy home, you don't have to feel like you're living in a museum with these interior design tips. After all, modern style emphasizes function. If you don't feel comfortable in your spaces, they're not useful.

On the Surface

One of the easiest ways to make modern style warmer is to take a look at surface materials. Organic materials such as wood and glass are favored, with teak in particular a favorite. This white bathroom would look clinical if not for its warm wood slab countertop. Natural features, like the large leaves in a vase, help give it life too. The end result is no-fuss and functional without feeling too sterile.

Modern Minimal

Part of the challenge of modern style is committing to minimalistic decor without making the room look plain. You have to carefully select a few pieces you love and display only those items. One standout art piece makes a good focal point in a modern room, like in this contemporary living room. It can also be a way to add pops of color. In addition, this living room features a warm wood surface via the coffee table and plenty of organic motifs, like the deer head and orchid print.

Choosing Color

Neutral colors are often used in modern decor. Here are two ways to keep them warm and cozy: Either decorate with neutrals on the warmer end of the spectrum—brown, cream, and tan—or accent cooler neturals—gray, black, and white—with warm colors. Red, orange, and yellow are popular accent colors in modern rooms for this reason. In this room, the design style's strong, clean lines are in full force. The space stays warm with colorful maps, yellow throw pillows, and a red coffee table.

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